5 Essential Summer Reads For Every Business Owner

5 Essential Summer Reads For Every Business Owner

When summer rolls around, we spend less time on the Internet, more time with family enjoying the outdoors (I hope!) and our brains may slow down a bit too. But a healthy way to keep it sharp is a good book (or five). Traffic in your business may dip and things will slow down (if only for a short time) so why not take advantage and step away to clear your head, gain some new perspective and be refreshed? Learn from some of the pros on how to find purpose and meaning in your work. Sounds like a summer well-spent to me! Your family and your business will thank you soon enough after taking a look at even one of these fantastic reads. I challenge you to take action to better yourself and your business by ordering one of these books TODAY. Invest in your mind. Refresh your mindset. Learn new things. Change the world. 
 

Start Something That Matters

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Author: Blake Mycoskie (Founder of TOMS Shoes)

Bio: “Blake Mycoskie is the Founder and Chief Shoe Giver of TOMS, and the person behind the idea of One for One®, a business model that helps a person in need with every product purchased...Before TOMS, Blake, a native of Texas who always had an entrepreneurial spirit, started five businesses. His first was a successful campus laundry service, which he later sold. Between business ventures, Blake competed in the CBS primetime series, The Amazing Race. With his sister, Paige, Blake traveled the world and came within minutes of winning the $1 million dollar grand prize.  Blake is an avid reader and traveler. He is passionate about inspiring young people to help make tomorrow better, encouraging them to include giving in everything they do. His hope is to see a future full of social-minded businesses and consumers.” Read more here

Book Synopsis: "This book is about “the incredible story of the man behind TOMS Shoes and One for One, the revolutionary business model that marries fun, profit, and social good.” And this book is for you if:

• You’re ready to make a difference in the world—through your own start-up business, a nonprofit organization, or a new project that you create within your current job.

• You want to love your work, work for what you love, and have a positive impact on the world—all at the same time.

• You’re inspired by charity: water, method, and FEED Projects and want to learn how these organizations got their start.

• You’re curious about how someone who never made a pair of shoes, attended fashion school, or worked in retail created one of the fastest-growing footwear companies in the world by giving shoes away.

• You’re looking for a new model of success to share with your children, students, co-workers, and members of your community."

How the book gives back: For every book purchased, a new book will be given to a child in need. One for One.™

Where to buy it: Amazon
 

Thirst: A Story of Redemption, Compassion, and a Mission to Bring Clean Water to the World

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Author: Scott Harrison (Founder of charity: water)

Bio: "SCOTT HARRISON is the founder and CEO of charity: water, a non-profit that has mobilized over one million donors around the world to fund over 28,000 water projects in 26 countries that will serve more than 8.2 million people. Harrison has been recognized on Fortune's 40 under 40 list, Forbes’ Impact 30 list, and was ranked #10 in Fast Company's 100 Most Creative People in Business. He is currently a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and lives in New York City with his wife and two children."

Book Synopsis: “In Thirst, Harrison recounts the twists and turns that built charity: water into one of the most trusted and admired nonprofits in the world. Renowned for its 100% donation model, bold storytelling, imaginative branding, and radical commitment to transparency, charity: water has disrupted how social entrepreneurs work while inspiring millions of people to join its mission of bringing clean water to everyone on the planet within our lifetime. In the tradition of such bestselling books as Shoe Dog and Mountains Beyond Mountains, Thirst is a riveting account of how to build a better charity, a better business, a better life—and a gritty tale that proves it’s never too late to make a change.”

How the book gives back: 100% of author’s net proceeds will go to fund charity: water projects around the world.

Where to buy it: Pre-order the book here! It’s available October 2, 2018.
 

The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are

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Author: Dr. Brené Brown 

Bio: "Dr. Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston where she holds the Huffington Foundation – Brené Brown Endowed Chair at The Graduate College of Social Work

She has spent the past two decades studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy and is the author of four #1 New York Times bestsellers: The Gifts of ImperfectionDaring GreatlyRising Strong, and Braving the Wilderness.  Her new book, Dare to Lead: Bold Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts., is scheduled for publication in October 2018.

Brené’s TED talk – The Power of Vulnerability – is one of the top five most viewed TED talks in the world with over 35 million views.

Brené lives in Houston, Texas with her husband, Steve, and their children, Ellen and Charlie." 

Book Synopsis: In The Gifts of Imperfection, Brené Brown, a leading expert on shame, authenticity, and belonging, shares ten guideposts on the power of Wholehearted living—a way of engaging with the world from a place of worthiness.
Each day we face a barrage of images and messages from society and the media telling us who, what, and how we should be. We are led to believe that if we could only look perfect and lead perfect lives, we'd no longer feel inadequate. So most of us perform, please, and perfect, all the while thinking, "What if I can't keep all of these balls in the air? Why isn't everyone else working harder and living up to my expectations? What will people think if I fail or give up? When can I stop proving myself?"
In her ten guideposts, Brown engages our minds, hearts, and spirits as she explores how we can cultivate the courage, compassion, and connection to wake up in the morning and think, "No matter what gets done and how much is left undone, I am enough," and to go to bed at night thinking, "Yes, I am sometimes afraid, but I am also brave. And, yes, I am imperfect and vulnerable, but that doesn't change the truth that I am worthy of love and belonging."

How the book gives back: In this image and performance driven world we live in, it's easy to count ourselves unworthy and not good enough without much effort. But Dr. Brown has beautifully written this book to bring us to a place of finding our worthiness and living a wholehearted life. We are all imperfect and struggle to see ourselves in a positive light, but instilling the principle of worthiness where we tell ourselves "I am enough" can not only change our lives, but significantly impact the greater good of this world. 

Where to buy it: Amazon
 

Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

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Author: Greg McKeown

Bio: “McKeown is the CEO of THIS Inc, a company whose mission is to assist people and companies to spend 80 percent of their time on the vital few rather than the trivial many. Clients include Adobe, Apple, Google, Facebook, Pixar, Salesforce.com, Symantec, Twitter, VMware and Yahoo!. His writing has appeared or been covered by Fast Company, Fortune, HuffPost, Politico, and Inc. Magazine. He is among the most popular bloggers for the Harvard Business Review and LinkedIn’s Influencers group: averaging a million views a month.
McKeown has been interviewed on numerous television and radio shows including NPR’s All Things Considered and NBC’s Press: Here. Entrepreneur Magazine voted his interview at Stanford University the #1 Must-See Video on Business, Creativity and Success.”

Book synopsis: “The Way of the Essentialist isn’t about getting more done in less time. It’s not about getting less done. It’s about getting only the right things done. It’s about challenging the core assumption of ‘we can have it all’ and ‘I have to do everything’ and replacing it with the pursuit of ‘the right thing, in the right way, at the right time’. It’s about regaining control of our own choices about where to spend our time and energies instead of giving others implicit permission to choose for us.'
In Essentialism, Greg McKeown draws on experience and insight from working with the leaders of the most innovative companies in the world to show how to achieve the disciplined pursuit of less.
By applying a more selective criteria for what is essential, the pursuit of less allows us to regain control of our own choices so we can channel our time, energy and effort into making the highest possible contribution toward the goals and activities that matter.
Essentialism isn’t one more thing; it is a different way of doing everything. It is a discipline you apply constantly, effortlessly. Essentialism is a mindset; a way of life. It is an idea whose time has come.'”

How the book gives back: In a world that strives to convince us that we must continue to add more to our plates and do more with our already limited time, this book is a refreshing new way to approach life and business. Greg McKeown encourages a mindset that will help you find the capacity to discipline yourself and focus on what really matters in your life to help you accomplish what you dream. This book helps you get out of “doing it all” and into doing “the right thing, in the right way, at the right time.”

Where to buy it: Greg McKeown’s website or Amazon


Clay Water Brick: Finding Inspiration from Entrepreneurs Who Do the Most with the Least

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Author: Jessica Jackley

Bio: "Jessica is an entrepreneur, investor, and speaker. Her work over the last decade has focused on financial inclusion, the sharing economy, and social justice.
She is best known as a cofounder of Kiva, the world's first p2p microlending website. Kiva lets internet users lend as little as $25 to individual entrepreneurs, providing them affordable capital to start or expand a small business. Since its founding in October 2005 Kiva has facilitated over $1B in loans worldwide.
Jessica teaches Social Entrepreneurship at the Marshall School of Business at USC. She is a Venture Partner with SparkLabs Global Ventures, as well as an investor and advisor with the Collaborative Fund. She also recently served as Walt Disney Imagineering's first Entrepreneur in Residence, focusing on projects related to corporate citizenship, the sharing economy, and happiness. She continues to provide expertise in these areas as an independent consultant on social impact initiatives and more."

Book synopsis: "In the tradition of Kabul Beauty School and Start Something That Matters comes an inspiring story of social entrepreneurship from the co-founder of Kiva, the first online microlending platform for the working poor. Featuring lessons learned from successful businesses in the world’s poorest countries, Jessica Jackley’s Clay Water Brick will motivate readers to more deeply appreciate the incredible entrepreneurial potential that exists in every human being on this planet—especially themselves...
In Clay Water Brick, Jackley challenges readers to embrace entrepreneurship as a powerful force for change in the world. She shares her own story of founding Kiva with little more than a laptop and a dream, and the stories and the lessons she has learned from those across the globe who are doing the most with the least." 
 

‘The heart of entrepreneurship is never about what we have. It’s about what we do.’
— Jessica Jackley

How the book gives back: This book tells the stories (and Jessica's own) of people who were the poorest of poor  and had literally nothing, but decided to do something about it. Their stories teach us about "resiliency, creativity, perseverance, and, above all, entrepreneurship." If you are an entrepreneur or dream of becoming one, this book will help you find fulfillment in striving to make the world a better place through your entrepreneurial journey. Starting your business could change the world, so use the talents that you have, give graciously to the world and see what happens! 

Where to buy it: Amazon


Well friends, that is all for this week. I hope you enjoyed this post and thank you so much for stopping by! Go show these amazing authors some love on social media. 

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